The Church That Prays Together, Stays Together

The Church That Prays Together, Stays Together

There are many centripetal forces that tear at the bonds that hold a congregation together, so it is useful to be aware of them. After all, we live in a remarkably busy world where quiet has almost disappeared entirely. We are connected to each other and to complete...
Canons of Dort (24): Synod’s Pastoral Concern For Assurance

Canons of Dort (24): Synod’s Pastoral Concern For Assurance

As Bob Godfrey has well illustrated in his new book on the Canons of Dort, Saving the Reformation, the theology of the Synod of Dort was eminently pastoral. Synod was precise in its response to the Remonstrants but it was not technical. The Canons of Synod were not...
Killing Worship: The Experience (Part 1)

Killing Worship: The Experience (Part 1)

Years ago I was challenged by a churchgoer that I have no right to critique another church’s worship unless I have personally attended and witnessed for myself what is happening. I took this challenge and visited the local evangelical church in which thousands from...
Legalism: What It Is And What It Is Not

Legalism: What It Is And What It Is Not

What is legalism? The charge of legalism is so carelessly flung around today that people have no idea what the term means. It’s become a catch phrase to write off any teaching of God’s moral law. There are three ways this term is being misapplied and abused to attack...